UNH Edges UMass 3-1, Teams Face Off Again Saturday
Jan. 20, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (8-13-0, 5-9-0 Hockey East) dropped a close game to No. 9 New Hampshire (13-7-4, 9-3-3 HEA) on Friday night by the score of 3-1. The Minutemen tied the game at one apiece in the third before the Wildcats came back with a 5x3 power play goal and an empty-netter to seal the game. The season series concludes tomorrow night at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.
Despite an 18-9 UNH advantage in shots in period one, the teams skated through the game scoreless until he Wildcats' Brad Flaishans broke it open 1:32 into the second. With the visiting team sustaining pressure behind the net, Mike Radja made the pass from the side of the crease and out between the circles to Flaishans. His second goal of the season beat Winer on the far side, with Matt Fornataro also assisting on the tally.
Marvin Degon came just shy of tying it up for the Minutemen with less than a minute remaining in the Radja penalty for roughing at 11:03, hitting the post with a shot from just inside the blueline. UMass hit a total of three posts in the game.
An injury to referee Conrad Hache with 2:07 remaining in the period delayed the game for approximately five minutes, but neither team added to the scoreboard through the remainder of the stanza. Shots were 28-16 in favor of the Wildcats through two.
Hache did not return for the third, and the game continued with Kevin Redding taking over the role of referee, Steve Glines stayed on as AR.
The Minutemen sustained pressure on the New Hampshire defense with Radja in the box for his third-straight penalty of the night, but were unable to convert and tie the game on the power play. But the effort eventually paid off as the Minutemen got on the board at 8:44 to make it a 1-1 game. Senior Jamie Solon was credited with the goal, shot again from between the circles to beat Jeff Pietrasiak. Linemates Kevin Jarman and Matt Anderson were also credited with assists.
UMass' Solon and Mike Kostka were called for interference at 12:57 and 14:20, respectively, resulting in 38 seconds of a UNH 5x3 power play. The Wildcats' Brett Hemingway scored the go-ahead goal, his seventh power play tally of the season to regain the one-goal lead at 14:53. Jacob Micflikier and Brian Yandle both assisted.
Late penalties to both teams only afforded the Minutemen 26 seconds to pull Winer for the extra attacker, but UNH closed up the game with an empty-netter at 19:21 by Josh Ciocco.
Overall, shots were 41-28 in favor of the Wildcats. UNH was 2-for-4 on the power play, while UMass went 0-for-3.
The Minutemen again face New Hampshire tomorrow night, with the series shifting to Durham. UMass returns to the William D. Mullins Center next Friday, Jan. 27, when it faces UMass Lowell.
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